1/30 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6McCord resigns, Torsella brings in $1 million and the state bar releases their judicial ratings for the 2015 candidates. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: McCord Resigns: The State Treasurer is stepping down on February 12th.

Torsella Raises $1 Million for Treasurer Bid: Joe Torsella is already building up a war chest for 2016.

PHL-15: Kenney Receives Union Endorsement For Mayoral Candidacy: The Councilman hasn’t announced a campaign yet, but he’s already receiving endorsements.

Pennsylvania Bar Association Releases 2015 Judicial Ratings: The Bar gives its grades to this year’s judicial candidates.

PA Consultants Honored by Reed Awards: A number of prominent Pennsylvania consulting groups came away victorious.

PA-3: Rep. Mike Kelly Announces Staff Hires and Promotions: Congressman Kelly of revealed his new staff appointments for the 114th Congress.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: McCord to Resign as Reports Point to Federal Probe
PA Independent: Wilkes-Barre Could Be Test Case for More ACLU Action Against One-Strike Ordinances
PA Independent: Philadelphia Sizes Up More Charter Schools
StateImpactPA: Gov. Wolf Bans New Drilling in State Parks and Forests
PLS Reporter: UPDATED: Treasurer McCord Resigns, Pursues Private Sector Career
PLS Reporter: Reinstatement of State Park Fracking Moratorium Draws Mixed Reviews
Capitolwire: House Education Committee to Focus on Accountability, Chairman Says
Capitolwire: What About Other Leasing Other State-Owned Lands? Wolf Would ‘Carefully Consider’ It
Capitolwire: Wolf Restores Ban on New Drilling in DCNR-Managed Land
Capitolwire: McCord Quits, Heading Back to Private Sector
Capitolwire: PA Budget Shortfall Estimates Could Be More than $250 Million Lower, Based on New IFO Data
Capitolwire: House Education Committee Moves Truancy, School Weather Emergencies Bills to Chamber Floor

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Sweeney: Christie Wants A.C. to Declare Bankruptcy
Inquirer: Obama, In Philly, Will Call for End to Sequester Cuts
Inquirer: Obama Exhorts Democrats to ‘Stand Up,’ Mocks GOP Over Economy
Inquirer: Nutter Asks Business to Fight for School Funding
Philly.com: Former Penn State Player Taliaferro Takes Seat in NJ Assembly
WHYY Newsworks: In Philadelphia, President Vows to Fight to Protect Obamacare With a Veto

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Rob McCord Stepping Down as PA Treasurer After 6 Years
Delco Daily Times: Former Chester Mayor Leads 2015 Republican Slate
Delco Daily Times: Rendell Presents $500 Check to Chestnutwold Fifth-Graders
Bucks County Courier Times: DeBlasio Resigns From Falls Authority
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County Contracts to Save Energy, Money

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Highmark Agrees to Terms on UPMC Access for 2015
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord Resigns Amid Possible Federal Inquiry
Post-Gazette: Rob McCord’s Resignation Letter
Post-Gazette: Heinz History Center to Store Allegheny County Records
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to Post his Working Calendar Online
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf Signs Order Banning New Gas Drilling Leases on Pennsylvania’s Public Lands
Tribune-Review: Fitzgerald Nominates Mining Industry Businessman for Finance and Development Commission
Tribune-Review: New Turnpike Chairman Sean Logan Institutes Wolf’s Gift Ban at Commission
Tribune-Review: Krieger to Seek Westmoreland County Common Pleas Judgeship
Tribune-Review: AP: Fight Between Cities, Nonprofits Flares in PA Senate
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Signs Moratorium on Fracking on State Lands

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Pittsburgh ‘Dark Money’ Group Could Face IRS Fines
Beaver County Times: Rothfus Introduces MediCare Advantage Enrollment Bill
Altoona Mirror: Council Raises Rent for Property
Altoona Mirror: Assistant DA Jubas Announces Run for Judge
Tribune-Democrat: ‘Scenic Beauty’: Wolf Bans New Drilling in State Forests

NEPA
Times-Leader: Gala Fundraiser for Wilkes-Barre Based Agency Replaces State Attorney General Kathleen Kane as Guest Speaker
Times-Leader: Justice Stevens Formally Announces Bid to Keep Seat on State Supreme Court
Times-Leader: Congressmen Discuss Improving Healthcare Access During Tour of VA Medical Center, Plains Township
Pocono Record: Delay Sought in Hearing Over PA Open Records Officer Status
Pocono Record: Westfall Township Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Intimidation

South Central
York Daily Record: Attorneys for Gov. Tom Wolf seek delay in open records case
York Daily Record: Perry to serve on seven subcommittees, chair another
Patriot-News: Multiple news outlets reporting Pa. Treasurer Rob McCord subject of investigation
Patriot-News: Sharon Minnich: Pay disparity between unionized and non-unionized state government employees to be evaluated
Patriot-News: State Rep. Payne resents ‘pay-for-play’ innuendo; Middletown official denies suggesting such a claim
Patriot-News: Drilling ban in state parks gets Gov. Tom Wolf praise from environmental groups
Patriot-News: Wolf spokesman: ‘We were not aware’ of the investigation before making statement
Patriot-News: Pa. Treasurer Rob McCord under federal investigation for theft of campaign funds, WPVI reports
Patriot-News: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey: Federal anti-bullying bill needs bipartisan support
York Dispatch: Susan Byrnes for York County commissioner
York Dispatch: York City school officials, politicians rally for district
Lancaster Intelligence/Era: State Treasurer Rob McCord resigns amid federal prob
Lancaster Intelligence/Era: Lancaster County Dems support city’s legal battle with NRA
Carlisle Sentinel: Ex-Harrisburg treasurer faces new theft, money laundering charges

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Barnhardt announces he’s seeking another term as Berks County commissioner
WFMZ: Local congressman meets with local veterans
WFMZ: County commissioners blast Executive Tom Muller for being uncooperative
Express-Times: South Side Bethlehem resident Samuel Nazario announces candidacy for Bethlehem Area School Board
Express-Times: Sen. Pat Toomey wants congressional vote on an nuclear agreement with Iran
Morning Call: Lehigh County commissioners move to take control of labor negotiations
Morning Call: Popular office betting pools illegal in Pa.; local senator wants to change that
Morning Call: Dent: VA clinics need more flexibility to work with private sector

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Bills to protect leaseholders pass state Senate
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Today’s candidates

Opinion
Express-Times: Medical marijuana, Boscola truck safety bills deserve passage in Pa.
Carlisle Sentinel: Time — long past — to ban LGBT bias
The Inquirer: Bill of Goodies
Bucks County Courier Times: A Renewed Push for Medical Marijuana
Post-Gazette: Empty pipeline: The Keystone debate is symbolic, not substantive
Tribune-Review: The Thursday wrap

Blogs
Citified: What Jim Kenney’s Last Day Says About His Mayoral Chances
Citified: Jim Kenney Quits Council to Announce Mayoral Bid
Citified: City Hall Has Long Coddled Big Business
Citified: Jim Kenney Will Upend the the City Council Race, Too
Citified: This Mayor’s Race Is Bad for Business
Keystone Crossroads: Are York School Officials Resting After Recent Small Victories?
Keystone Crossroads: Frigid Temps Trigger ‘Code Blues’ for the Homeless in the Suburbs and Philly
Pennsylvania Progressive: News and Notes January 29

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  • When Will PA House Agree On Rules?


    • After the Special House Elections (Feb 7) (92%)
    • End of the Month (Jan 31) (4%)
    • End of Next Week (Jan 27) (2%)
    • Early February (Feb 1-6) (2%)

    Total Voters: 152

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